Thursday, September 6, 2012

Brandon Tate NFL Preview

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Brandon Tate looks to convert from a special teamer to a starting NFL wide receiver. Tate had less than stellar stats this preseason but it was enough to win the starting wide receiver job opposite A.J. Green. Tate joined Cincinnati last year and was mainly a return man in his first season with the Bengals. A job he was used to since his days with the New England Patriots.

Gone from the Bengals offense is Andre Caldwell, Jordan Shipley, Jerome Simpson or any other player that was thought to be the answer at the receiver position for Cincinnati. Tate had a decent season last year as a return man for the Bengals and improved as the year went on. This year he has been given the opportunity to be a starter.

Tate will rely on Andy Dalton to not suffer a sophomore slump. If Dalton can improve upon a Pro Bowl rookie campaign then I think Tate could have a decent year. Tate will be the number three receiving option behind Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham. Tate will remain a very important part of the return game on special teams this year.

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